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Swimming against the tide

Someone else will have to determine whether true Rusters are old-fashioned, out of touch, fuddy-duddies who want the world to stop spinning so that they can get off, or whether from time to time we have rational and worthy points to make about the way the world is developing. However, if being [...]

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Those were the days

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing – if you can think back that far – and, as my kids keep reminding me, as my short-term memory fades by the day I shall probably soon be able to recall the Sixties and Seventies better than what happened last week despite the old counter-culture, rock [...]

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Stanmer House and other Brighton restaurants

The restaurant at Stanmer House was a long favourite of mine. Situated in a handsome house in parkland with gracious salons full of portraits it had bit of something about it. I was therefore disgreeably surprised on arrival yesterday to be directed to an empty marquee in the garden where a carvery [...]

June 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Salute to a female tennis icon

In the modern era where proactive political-correctness reigns and we’re all forced to view/listen to – and agree with – ‘equal’ coverage of female sport, worry ourselves silly about the fact there’s no woman in the world’s top 100 earners and generally [...]

June 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Paranoia – or what?

Those of us of a certain age sometimes emphasise with the famous line from Kenneth Williams (playing Caesar in Carry On Cleo, when confronted by the conspiracy to assassinate him) “Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me …!” In which context here’s a link to a [...]

June 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

A battle won, but maybe not the War …

The struggle of oldies against the relentless tide of smart technology is eternal. Mine began some nearly four decades ago when a VHS recorder engineer arrived chez nous to install the new-fangled machine and casually asked whether we had any children – simply because widely-received opinion had [...]

June 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Up to speed but unfulfilled

I’m still just young and in touch enough both to have heard of the concept of ‘guilty pleasures’ and know what it means. Often used in the context of television series or musical artistes, it is the situation whereby those of discerning, even progressive, mind are also simultaneously careful [...]

June 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

A day In Eastbourne

I first started to visit Eastbourne when a friend of mine, now passed on, moved there. He was man of discerning and demanding tastes and if these were satisfied as they were by Eastbourne you would know that the place was worth it. Yesterday I entertained Lottie, our Munich friend, who was over for [...]

June 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Night At The Trough

This is … er … only a true-ish story, this because some significant details have been altered in order to protect the exact location of the venue concerned and indeed my own identity. Yesterday I entertained a party of five at what could be described as one as a chain of high-end restaurants [...]

June 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Orient Express to Paris

When a travel mag I occasionally contribute to offered me a ticket on the Orient Express I readily grabbed my first opportunity to travel on it. It was a strictly work gig. I could not invite my husband or anyone else’s !!! Mind you as my son Tarquin’s Hornby has more space I could not be too [...]

June 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

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